Celebrity Chef, Brian Duffy, of the hit show Bar Rescue, will be on hand to accept a challenge… He will be provided with ingredients generally available to low-income families, and asked to create an affordable, easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty meal. Chef Duffy will also help local kids cook a meal of their own, as a way of demonstrating the personal connection between cooking and nutrition.
The event will be held at the Community Park School, Sunday, September 14th, 3-5:30 pm, is open to the public and free of charge. All event costs have been donated.
Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) is hosting this unique family friendly event to shine a light on the issue of child hunger in Princeton, and the efforts underway to ensure our community’s school aged kids have the nutritional resources they need to succeed in school and life.
SHUPP is a local, all volunteer initiative dedicated to addressing childhood hunger in Princeton. Locally 12% or 421 children in our school population qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year. However for most of these children, the weekend brings the prospects of an empty stomach and arriving to school on Monday more focused on hunger than on learning.
This past year SHUPP provided, weekend meals for 88% of the approximately 266 in K-5 and pre-school eligible children. As of May 2014, 5522 weekend meal packs were delivered to our students. This is equivalent to 22,088 supplementary meals.
SHUPP works in close partnership with the Princeton Human Services Commission, Mercer Street Friends, a prominent local nonprofit, to provide food and administrative infrastructure, and the Princeton Regional School District. All fundraising and administrative expenses have been underwritten or donated.